NHL emphasizes regulation/OT wins over shootouts in playoff tiebreaker rule change
NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to break ties in the standings.
NHL teams need every incentive to decide games before the “glorified skills competition” known as the shootout takes place, so this is a great rule change. It most likely won’t make that much of an impact on the charity point problem, but perhaps the league will slowly move away from the shootout going forward. If not, it’s that much better.